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Happy Hands is Readers' Choice for Favorite Preschool

The school, based out of Lemont United Methodist Church, is tops in Lemont, according to reader votes and reviews.

The readers have spoken, and one local preschool emerged as the most loved in Lemont.

In last week's installment of Readers’ Choice — a way for readers to give their favorite local businesses a boost — we took a look at the many wonderful preschools in Lemont.

Readers made their picks by voting in our poll, as well as leaving comments and reviews on each business' Patch Places listing and our Facebook page. With the majority percent of the vote, as well as a number of positive comments, the winner is .

Located at 25 W. Custer St. in , Happy Hands offers programs for children ages 3 to 5. It aims to help children develop physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially through songs, creative art activities, science and nature activities, games, field trips, stories, sharing, conversation and exposure to shapes, numbers, letters and colors.

Here is what some readers had to say about Happy Hands:

Shelley Taylor: We love Happy Hands! Our two boys had great experiences there and were well prepared for kindergarten. The teachers are talented and caring, and the low ratio of 1 teacher to 10 students really gives them the chance to get to know each student well.

Melissa Buoncore: We love Happy Hands! Our daughter has enjoyed her first year there so much. The staff are incredibly friendly, caring, and talented. As an alumni myself, I couldn't think of any other preschool that has as much to offer as this one. BEST PRESCHOOL EVER!!!

Gracy Sowa: Happy Hands was a wonderful experience for my children. The teachers are very nurturing and understanding. The school has a wonderful curriculum and prepare the kids for Kindergarten. I love the class size and that they added the enrichment program for the 4 yr old program. It truly was a great experience for my children and I can't wait for my youngest to have that same opportunity. Thank You Happy Hands!

Tricia O'Neill: I have nothing but good things to say about Happy Hands. My son enjoyed every moment he spent there and I'm looking forward to my daughter starting her experience with Happy Hands in the fall. The one on one relationship the staff developes with the children is outstanding and my son had a very easy transition into Kindergarten which should be credited to the teachers. Love, love, love Happy Hands!

Ann Maree: Two weeks ago I got the most delightful surprise; a Petal Play Designs arrangement sent to my hotel room! Since we no longer live in the area, enjoying one of Viv's designs is a rare and special treat. Viviana is talented beyond my imagination and a wonderful, sweet friend. You not only receive a beautiful flower arrangement or spectacular event when you call Petal Play, you get the added blessing of a precious friend.

Andrea Fiore: Happy Hands is a wonderful preschool! Both of my kids have enjoyed the teachers as well as the daily activities. Music with Poppy was also a hit and my kids continue to sing the songs throughout the year! My daughter loved the enrichment program that was offered in addition to the regular 4 year old program. Mrs. Fisher and her staff are great with the kids and continue to make learning fun!

Jen: Both of my children went to Happy Hands and it was FABULOUS!! They are all loving and caring teachers for both the child and the "new" parent leaving their precious babies with another adult. They gave my children a wonderful start to school, independence, and life long friendships. Thank you!!

Do you love Happy Hands? Tell us what you think in the comments, or visit Patch Places to leave a review.

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Loryl Fisher May 18, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Thank you to everyone who voted for Happy Hands and for their WONDERFUL comments. You and your children are why we love our jobs and continue to provide that first classroom environment to help children achieve that "love for learning".

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